Plans to develop Harding in place

2016-02-25 06:00
PhotoS: khaya magenu Harding businessman at the breakfast (from left) Mark Anthony, David Willem and Blaine Kippen.

PhotoS: khaya magenu Harding businessman at the breakfast (from left) Mark Anthony, David Willem and Blaine Kippen.

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A SMALL rural town in the Mzukulwana­ River Valley, Harding has always had a thriving economy because of its timber­ and dairy.

Named after Sir Walter Harding, the first chief justice in Natal in 1858, Umuziwabantu Municipality has unveiled an ambitious plan to fast-track development in the town and create an environment that will boost investor­ confidence and enhance its physical attributes.

Tabling an urban renewal framework plan at a business breakfast at Harding town hall on Tuesday, Umuziwabantu mayor Dixie Nciki said they are trying to uplift the standard­ of the town that will lead to a “new era”.

The breakfast was attended by business representatives, traditional leaders and farmers.

“Our urban renewal framework plan will include short-term, medium and long-term plans and we have identified potential areas.
“This includes solving informal trading issues and identifying economic development opportunities,” said Nciki.

This urban renewal framework plan has been adopted and approved by municipal council.

She said attention will also be paid to the infrastructure and service constraints including roads, street lights, waste management issues and management­ of traffic.

On residential development, the mayor said medium to high income housing developments are on the cards.

She also said a site has been identified­ on the corner of Musgrave and Livingstone streets for market stalls and a workshop.
CCTV cameras will be installed in the CBD to improve safety.

Alfred County Farmers’ Association Guy Payn said the developmental plans are interesting.
“It looks good and it can make our town better.”

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